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Sync Your Google Calendar with Your iPhone Using CalDAV

Introduction

Although you’ve been able to sync your Google Calendar with your iPhone for some time using ActiveSync, there is a limitation whereby you can only add a single ActiveSync account at one time. This isn’t a problem for most people, but if you happen to use ActiveSync for your work email, then it becomes a bit of an issue.

Enter CalDAV

One of the new features of the 3.0 firmware is the ability to add a CalDAV calendar, which it just so happens that Google Calendar also supports.

Adding your calendar to the phone is very simple:

  1. Go into “Settings”, “Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  2. Choose “Add Account…
  3. Select “Other” for the account type
  4. Under “Calendars” choose “Add CalDAV Account
  5. For “Server” you need to put “https://www.google.com/calendar/dav/YOUREMAIL@DOMAIN.COM/user” (obviously replacing the YOUREMAIL@DOMAIN.COM!)
  6. Username” and “Password” are your normal Google account details and “Description” is whatever you want it to be.
  7. Press Next, you will see an error stating that the CalDAV account could not be verified, but this doesn’t appear to actually be a problem.
  8. All done!

Now you should see your Google calendar in the Calendar app on the iPhone, and you should see it as an option when creating a new appointment. If you go back into “Settings”, “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” you can also set the Google calendar to be your default.

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